Title: Emerald:Good and Evil
Series: The Stones of Power Book Five
Author: M.D. Grimm
LGBTQ+ Category: MM Gay
Reviewer: Linda, Paranormal Romance Guild
About The Book
Those words often invoke a sense of love and comfort. But for the dark mage Morgorth, they mean hate and pain. As the seventh son of a seventh son, many believe Morgorth’s destiny is to become the Destroyer. His father embraced such a future and trained Morgorth through torture and fear to become his weapon. Morgorth managed to escape his father’s cruelty, but not the nightmares that still haunt him. For many years he’s lived with the stain of his father’s savagery, but now he must confront his nightmares head-on.
His father has found a stone of power.
Morgorth must return to his land of birth, to the memories he’s tried his entire life to suppress. Aishe is determined to help Morgorth defeat his inner demons, but he knows he might not be enough to save Morgorth from embracing his darkness. They know it will be a fight to the death and that Morgorth won’t be the same if he survives. With Aishe by his side, Morgorth hunts for his father, and finds answers to questions he never dared to ask—and must live with the truths they reveal.
Aishe knows that something is bothering Morgorth and he finally decides to confront him about it. Morgorth received a letter from one of his brothers, his brother Olyvre who actually was the one who helped him in his escape from his father. This was no ordinary letter it was a letter advising Morgorth of the fact that his father was now in possession of a stone of power and it is a powerful one. Morgorth knows that a powerful stone in his father’s hands means death and destruction and now he has no choice but to return to the place of his nightmares.
Morgorth finally has to face his father and kill him because there is no way he will allow him to live. The torture that Morgorth suffered at the hands of his father goes into more detail then in the other books and it is brutal. With Aishe along he arrives at his brother’s home where he meets his niece and is welcomed by his brother with love, something he never expected. He also didn’t expect that the letter sent to him was all his father’s doing so that Morgorth would come and they would finally have a showdown. His brother had no choice since his father threatened the life of his own granddaughter and anyone who knew Lazur knew he mean’t it.
While searching for his father he comes across a sorceress, Matylde, she is the one to finally reveal his father’s obsession with ruling the world and she was instrumental in aiding him. How she succeeded in supplying Lazur with a seventh son is something I won’t reveal. She also had a daughter, Lorelei, Morgorth’s half-sister and her desire for their father’s death is as strong as his because Morgorth was not the only one who suffered at Lazur’s hands and his treatment of his only daughter is proof of what kind of monster he is and how much worse it will get with him in possession of a stone.
Morgorth has to find and destroy the man he called father but one of the elders from the council decides it is time to kill the seventh son of a seventh son and rid the world of the danger he can cause and at the same time take down his father and retrieve the stone. Just one more fight that Morgorth is more than ready to take on.
The battle between Morgorth and his father is here, a fight that Morgorth must win. Unfortunately Lazur has the aid of the stone and Morgorth has to use his wits as well as his magic. I won’t reveal anything more and can’t recommend this series highly enough. So in spite of the fact that this series does not really have to be read in order I think you would be missing out on some wonderful story telling and some wonderful characters.
I am an avid reader the mother of 3 sons and grandmother to seven grandchildren. Since retiring I have been doing more reading while volunteering as a CASA worker. CASA is an organization that works with the family court system to ensure that children are in the best living situation. There are way too many children that get overlooked in the foster care system and I visit homes and make visits to the parents. I was born and raised in New York and my husband of 50 years and I live in Upstate New York.
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